Theme Tip: Bridge Theme Meta Boxes in a Custom Post Type

We needed to add the Bridge – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme meta boxes to a custom post type. This article helped to get us started but there were a few edits, updates, and clarifications as well. Read more

Cheqbook

If you are building a website, then you probably have and/or operate a business…or something that is almost about to resemble a business (substitute “organization”, “venture”, etc.).

The same is probably true if you are helping someone else with their website: they have/sort of have a business, and you are helping them.

Now enters a financial/business word, namely accounting – a term that generally means minutes lost doing that thing you have to do to have integrity and intentionality in a business, etc.

Isn’t it more fun to be playing outside than suffering in front of a computer screen?

Ah, yes.

Well, I am perfectly delighted, grateful (add “finally” to that), and excited to recommend and encourage that you check out Cheqbook. Here’s a video to get you started. Read more

Adobe Kuler

Choosing colors for a web, logo, or creative project in general is a step of first importance. Adobe® Kuler helps. Use the iOS App alongside the website for inspiration and color combos you’re bound to be glad to explore. Read more

Springpad

Springpad. A new word that I’ve come to like, and I think you might, too. Read more

Wistia

I can’t say enough about the guys at Wistia.

If you’re learning video, hosting video, like watching good videos, or want to see something done well, jump on the bandwagon. Read more

Jolidrive

Jolidrive

Jolidrive is a simple and elegant way to access your online data.

There is one basic question the guys have attempted to answer: “If the cloud is the online hard drive containing all my data, why don’t I have a simple access to it?”

Get to know Jolidrive. I think it’s worth taking a look!

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Facebook News Feed

Facebook News Feed

It is amazing to think of how much goes into one, on-going project like Facebook.

News Feed is the newest element to receive a redesign and features update.

Check it out and see if it adds value to your time on Facebook. Read more

WooCommerce WordPress eCommerce toolkit

WooCommerce

There are benefits to checking out as much of the competition as possible (where/when affordable) for a legitimate period of time. Cart66 was that for me as I began eCommerce. WooCommerce is that for me now.

I like what I am experiencing. Read more

All-in-One Event Calendar by Time.ly

It’s easy to see these guys have been hard at work.

The All-in-One Event Calendar is a

…user-friendly, flexible, and feature-rich plugin for publishing and promoting events on your WordPress website.

Learn how they sync Facebook Events, theme the calendar, import .ics feeds, and display the Posterboard format. We’ve been enjoying it.

Dropmark

Dropmark® allows you to drop files right from your computer, or the web, to create organized collections—bringing together information like never before.

What’s cool is that it lets you see and go through that information in a way I really like. Read more

Delicious – The world’s leading social bookmarking service

Delicious helps you “keep, share and discover the best of the web.”

I use it mainly for the “keep”/”remember” feature. Delicious has been home for my bookmarks since 2009, and though it’s history has been semi-rocky, it remains a valuable option for social (or non-social) bookmarking on the web. Read more

Hojoki

Hojoki

The highlights of Hojoki?

  • Notifications of actvity in cloud services (i.e.Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote) via daily briefings by email or handy iOS app.
  • Workspaces that bring related things from all your apps into one space.
  • Discussions and comments on every object from my apps.

In essence, modern day web projects often require sharing larger images, files and documents that aren’t suitable any more for email. It is preferable to use a service like Dropbox. Initial dilemma, however, is being notified as to when a client drops something in there. I often miss a desktop notification that the file has been put in there. Hojoki prevents that and provides a place for comments (team messaging) and collaboration on what is to be done with that file.

Check out the video – it really sums it up. Read more

Twitter

Twitter

Do you remember signing up for email? I was in high school. In the 90s.

Have you signed up for Twitter?

Okay, okay. I’ll take it easy. Read more

Web Inspector

There’s a little gift inside of every web browser, and it’s called the “web inspector”. Take a moment to learn about them. You’ll get to see how a website is really made.

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UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin

Uber.

denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing

UberMenu (for WordPress)?

I fully agree. Read more

WP101

Whenever somebody does something well, I tend to get excited. Shawn Hesketh and the videos of WP101 are an example, and for anyone new to WordPress, these videos will help you learn. WPTuts+ has helped bring them to anyone for no cost to the viewer. Read more

Buffer App

Timely tweets, posts, and updates; analytics, integrations, teamwork; from a web page, from your phone, from an app, from an email – they like to call it awesome.

Buffer is a smarter way to share what you want to share on Social Media.

Why use Buffer instead of regular Social Media posting?

Ah, yes. Great question.

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GIFs

GIFs

On the occasion that you are learning about GIFs, the below is a great example. You might be thinking to yourself, “What is going on with my mouse?! It’s moving!”

And that’s exactly it: GIFs can, well, move (sort of). Read more

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

LinkedIn – it’s something I recommend if you’re in a professional field, which tends to be most working adults (teachers, business owners, authors, writers, artists, etc.).

In a perfect world, everyone would know the best things about each other at a moment’s notice, but we need resumés and recommendations to “verify” a history of honesty, excellence, and/or performance.

Officially,

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet in over 200 countries and territories.

Sometimes it’s a first step in the right direction. Sometimes, it’s a platform on which to influence.

Either way, if you’re going to be online and like the idea of “professional”, it’s a good place to start.

SugarSync

SugarSync

It’s helpful to at least know your options.

In a world of ever-changing technology and science, one particularly noticeable category has been the “cloud” and “syncing” data. Maybe it’s not “ever-changing” in this case as much as “still getting going”.

SugarSync is on Version 2 (November 2012). The field is continuously changing.

As they like to say, “Sync just got sweeter”:

  • Access – desktop, web, mobile.
  • Sync – SugarSync does not just store your data but keeps everything in sync.
  • Share – file or folder sharing/collaboration.
  • Backup – can backup any file on your computer.

It’s a great and competitive game out there. DropboxGoogle Drive, iCloud (if you have a Mac), and others if you have the time.

If you’re looking for a clear backup solution, you might check out this post.

Microsoft SkyDrive

Skydrive

Microsoft has been busy.

I recommend you check out SkyDrive:

  • 7 GB free
  • Mac or PC – iPhone or Android – web login
  • Syncs across devices – folder on each
  • Pricing structure for upgrades in storage capacity (up to 100GB)

Like Dropbox, the folder exists on your Mac/PC. You can even place it where you like. Everything syncs. You can access it online.

Nice.

For so long we’ve been hearing about Mac OSX, Apple, iPhones, Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, “Switch to a Mac”…it’s actually almost kind of nice to see some excitement with Windows 8 and the Windows Phone design and style.

And SkyDrive.

Microsoft has been busy.

 

ThemeTrust

Theme Trust

Just finished a site using Theme Trust’s Reveal Premium WordPress theme. Great customer service. Theme took a little bit of love. Here’s why.

Microsoft Logo

Microsoft Logo – officially a window, not a flag.

It’s been a long time coming.

Pixelmator

Pixelmator

I can’t say enough about Pixelmator. Though it doesn’t do everything Photoshop does and can, it sure does just about everything the average web designer (or computer user) could need for $29.

It’s also kind of a pleasure to use.

AddThis Social Sharing

AddThis | Social Sharing Plugin Platform

You’ve probably seen the little orange icon. Over 14 million domains trust AddThis.

There’s a few things I like about them and some reasons why I think you could too, as you also consider other services like DiggDigg or Shareaholic: Read more

BrandYourself

BrandYourself

Winners of the 2012 Best Bootstrapped Startup at SXSW (South By Southwest Accelerator Competition), BrandYourself helps individuals control their personal online reputation, without spending thousands on an online reputation company.

This is a “Just For People (Not Businesses)”, Do-it-Yourself, Free (or Premium), Integrity-based (“White-Hat”), Open Service. You can check out their process and philosophy regarding SEO to see what I mean.

In a summary:

Manage your Online Reputation, Google Ranking, and Personal Branding. The free and easy way to control your own search results.

The concept might not apply to you right away, but “If you aren’t happy with what people see when they look you up on Google, BrandYourself is here to help” (NBC/ABC news).

DomainTools

DomainTools.com

The Domain Name System has been in existence since 1983. Though not commercially available until 1985, the domain names idea would lay the groundwork for what would grow into and become the global internet.

DomainTools helps us research and monitor the now over 200 million registered domain names.

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Theme Junkie

Theme Junkie

Opened since September 2009, the guys at Theme Junkie have some nice themes available – just under 30 of them at the time of this writing.

They offer their themes via single purchases or club memberships, and are worth checking out (check their site for pricing).

As a side note, Theme Junkie’s Daily theme was used as the base for a medical blog I helped complete in 2011.

SoundCloud | Share your Sounds

SoundCloud | Audio Plugin Platform

So…if musicians, publishers, and businesses alike incorporate audio into WordPress sites, why is there no one plugin that is the clear winner to satisfy a world of listening?

The answer? Because there are now platforms, not plugins, that are delivering audio content around the web.

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CodeCanyon | WordPress Premium Plugins

CodeCanyon

CodeCanyon, like ThemeForest and other Envato Marketplaces, has made available some complex and time-saving code at a competitive price. In their words, you can search for:

PHP, Javascript, ASP.NET and Java starting at $3.

It’s a place, especially, for the WordPress user/designer to explore premium Plugins.

Who knows, maybe an item in their marketplace will be just what you need for your next (or current) project.

Fontcase | Elegant Font Management

Fontcase

“Fontcase: iPhoto for fonts.”

That’s how Fontcase 1.0 was introduced to the world. We loved it!

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Things 2

Things

Things 2 is awesome.

Read my post on OmniFocus for more detail on why I love these sorts of things and then come back if you like.

Video Hosting - Vimeo and YouTube

Video Hosting: YouTube & Vimeo

And so the world went viral.

Vimeo and Youtube aren’t the only two video hosting services out there, but they are the “big two” in my mind. Update: Check out the post on Wistia.

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Google Voice

Google Voice

It’s good to know about Google Voice. Their widget and Live Chat could fit nicely into your own site, not to mention simply calling from your computer at any time during the day.

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DISQUS

DISQUS Comment System

It’s not that the WordPress comment system has anything entirely lacking for a basic site, but that the DISQUS comment system adds much more.

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Aspect Ratio Calculator

Sometimes there’s a tool online that fits the niche. Andrew’s Aspect Ratio Calculator has been that tool for me.

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Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes

Though not a “marketplace”, such as ThemeForest, with multiple theme authors, Elegant Themes is well established and worth checking out.

With access to over 75 themes for $39/yr, a growing feature list and eye for design, they are worth checking out.

For the all-inclusive price of $39, you are only paying $.50 per theme!

You are also free to use their themes to build websites for your clients.

Lots to learn as you get started – $39 is hard to beat. Check out their Gallery and see if anything strikes your fancy.

Gimme Bar

Gimme Bar

Using Pinterest? Have you heard of it? My guess would be a, “Yes.”

Heard of Gimme Bar? Thus the reason for this quick post.

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cart66 WordPress eCommerce Plugin and Member Management

Cart66

Cart66 is a

Premium e-commerce shopping cart plugin for selling both digital and physical products and services.

What’s the value of Cart66? It’s not necessarily in what it does (sell products/services) but in the approach in which it does it. You might take a look. Read more

Headway Themes logo

Headway Themes

Sometimes working with a blank slate can be the way to go. Especially if it’s Drag and Drop.